Force Awakens video reaction


Few people had heard the name “Jakku” before today, and many people still assumed that the desert planet seen in the first teaser trailer might be Luke Skywalker’s adoptive home, Tatooine. But Jakku is the setting for at least a good chunk of the first act of The Force Awakens, with Rey hailing from the planet and Finn landing there. It seems that the Millennium Falcon is on Jakku as well, though how or why it came to be there is open to question.

Then there’s the presence of that crashed X-Wing and Star Destroyer in the opening shot, and the implication (thanks to Rey’s work as a ship graveyard scavenger) that there are many more downed ships on the planet.

The angle we see on the Star Destroyer at the opening (above) and what looks like the hind end of a Destroyer that the Falcon flies into at the teaser’s end seem totally different, meaning there could be two crashed command craft on Jakku.

So what happened here, or in the skies above?

Edit: As it turns out, the planet was the center of a gigantic battle between the Rebels and Imperial forces, as we’ll see in the new Star Wars Battlefront video game. As Germain said, after the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, “the Battle of Jakku [was] the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet on the Outer Rim.”



The Millennium Falcon

Finally, we get back to our old “home,” the Millennium Falcon. Shots from the teaser, such as the one above, show the interior to be just as grimy and unkempt as it always has been. Whew! And we see Han Solo and Chewbacca coming on board with weapons drawn, presumably because they plan to take their old ship from whomever has been piloting it. Want to bet that shot of BB-8 peering around a Falcon bulkhead (below) is the robot observing Han and Chewie?

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